Denver’s ban on source-of-income discrimination took effect on January 1, 2019.
The ordinance, which the Denver City Council approved back in August, prohibits a wide range of conduct in real estate transactions “based upon … source of income.” Protected sources of income under the ordinance include government housing assistance, Social Security payments, veterans’ benefits, student loans, legal settlements, and court-ordered child support and alimony payments. The income source must be both “lawful” and “verifiable” to be eligible for protection. The new law applies to landlords, real estate agents, property managers, and mortgage lenders. Property owners who rent a single unit are specifically exempt.